2021 Stewardship Fund Campaign
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Land stewardship is a necessary and ongoing endeavor after natural areas and open space have been acquired for preservation in southeast Michigan. Most lands benefit from human intervention after years of degradation caused by clearing, filling, dumping and other unnatural changes. Doing nothing, in many cases, means lower quality wildlife habitat, little to no public access infrastructure, and more vulnerability to climate change. Successful land stewardship requires funding, professional and voluntary assistance, and adaptive management.

To meet this growing need, the SMLC Board of Directors is establishing a new public Stewardship Fund. The Fund's purpose is to support the ongoing stewardship costs associated with nature preserve ownership, conservation easement responsibilities, and building/equipment upkeep.



  • To raise $150,000 in initial seed funding
  • - $75,000 in contributions to SMLC by 12-31-21 (YOU can help!)

    - $75,000 from The Carls Foundation if the above is achieved

  • To address projected stewardship needs for the next 5 years
  • To establish a permanent public Stewardship Fund for long-range future expenses
  • To raise awareness of the importance of land stewardship in contributing to wildlife habitat diversity, land preservation and restoration, and public enjoyment of natural lands.


    Donate Online: Make a secure credit card donation through our partner Network for Good.

    - Please note in the Designation box that the gift is for the "Stewardship Fund Campaign."

    Mail Your Gift: Print and complete an SMLC Contribution Form, and mail it to the SMLC office with your gift:

    SMLC Donation Form (pdf)

    SMLC GIFT Membership Form (pdf)

    - Please make checks payable to "Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy."

    - Please note in the memo line that the gift is for the "Stewardship Fund Campaign."

    -Please make your pledge and cash donations prior to 12-31-21.


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